350+ Daebak Korean Names for Cats With Their Complete Meanings + a Free Korean Alphabet Guide

beautiful white cat hiding behind bush with pinkish-red flowers

Some South Koreans believe cats are harbingers of evil, disease, and death. 

Why do cats have a bad rap? Korean mythology. On New Year’s night, a hideous evil spirit called yagwanggwi would shapeshift into an enormous cat and try on children’s shoes. If its fetid paws fit into a pair of them, the child would be plagued throughout the year with bad luck or even death. So South Koreans hid their shoes (even worthless or worn ones) inside of their homes. They also burned human hair and sprinkled the ashes in front of their houses to exorcise the fiendish feline spirit. 

It was also thought that cats had such a dark aura around them that corpses would stand upright if they jumped over them. Cats were associated with cholera, a waterborne disease that causes severe watery diarrhea. Korean shamans would massage the sick with cat skins and make scratching sounds to scare away rat demons.

In Seoul, 139,000 dirty, scrawny, and sickly cats live on the streets. Until a decade ago, stray cats were were beaten to death in the streets for crying in the middle of the night. To make matters worse, South Korea has an illegal cat meat trade. More than 100,000 cats are boiled alive and put into soups, stews, or “health tonics” called goyangi soju, which is supposed to cure arthritis and nerve disorders. As a result, most community cats are scared of humans.

But in recent years, 2.58 million South Koreans have adopted cats. And cat cafes have also sprung up across South Korea, especially in Busan, Daegu, and Seoul. In the past 3 years, 578 cat-themed books have also been published — including Haruki Murakami’s “The Secret of an Old Cat” and “Demain les Chats” by Bernard Werber, according to Kyobo Bookstore, the country’s largest bookstore chain. South Korea’s younger generation adores Scottish Folds and Ragdolls, which were featured in the SBS show Jealousy Incarnate and tvN’s Because This is My First Life

Love Korean culture? Want to embrace your Korean roots? Here are 350+ Korean cat names.  

Male Korean Names

Boy in gray shirt with white cat spirits floating around him

Strong and powerful, these male Korean cat names draw inspiration from nature, gods, and goodness: 

B

Baek-hyeon — Virtuous brother 

Beom-seok — Pattern of a rock 

Bitgaram — Shining river 

Bon-hwa — Glorious 

Bong — Phoenix 

Byeong — Authority

C

Chang-hoon  — South spear

Chan-yeol — Bright 

Chin-hae — Depth of the ocean 

Chin-ho — Precious and goodness 

Chin-hwa — The most wealthy 

Chin-mae — Truth  

Choi  — Mountain  

Chul — Firm 

Chul-moo — Iron Weapon 

Chul-wool  — Iron world 

Chung-hee — Righteous and dutiful 

D

Dae-hyun — Shiny and glittery  

Dae-jung — Great and right 

Daeshim — Greatest mind

Dak-ho — Deep lake 

Dal — Moon 

Dae-won —  Great spring 

Do-hun — One who follows the law

Do-yun — Path

Do-won  — Circle 

Dong-geun — Eastern roots 

Dong-min — East and cleverness 

Dong-yul — Eastern passion 

Duck-young — Integrity lasts

G

Ga-eul — Autumn

Gang-in — Strong and compassionate 

Ga-ram — River

Geon-wu — Build a house 

Gibeom — Rises above boundaries and consolidates rules 

Gook — Nation

Gun-woo — Optimistic

H

Habaek — Korean god of the Yalu River

Haemosu — Korean god of the sun 

Han-gyeol —  Uniformity  

Ha-joon — Grand and talented 

Hak-kun — Rooted in intelligence

Hei — Wisdom 

Him-chan — Strong praise  

Hoo-choo — Pepper

Hoon — Meritorious deed

Ho-won — Grand river

Hye — Wisdom 

Hye-seong  — Comet 

Hyun-ho  — Great darkness

Hyuk  — Red

Hyung-joon  — Person with outstanding talent 

Hyun-shik — The roots of wisdom 

Hyun-su — Long life 

Hwanin —  Korean god of the sky 

I

Igong — Korean god of flowers 

Il-sik — To plant kindness 

Il-sung — Superiority and achievement

In-ho — Humanity and goodness

In-su — Outstanding 

J

Jae-beom — Tiger in the woods

Jae-hwa — Riches and prosperity

Jae-in — Talented and respected person 

Jae-ook — Talented bright light 

Jae-sang — Carry mutual respect 

Jeong-hoon — Proper rank 

Ji — Pond 

Ji-ho — Wisdom and greatness 

Ji-min — Clever ambition 

Jin-ki —Treasured foundation 

Jin-ryuk — True power 

Jin-sang  — Aid 

Jong-in — Quiet and kind 

Jong-il — One day 

Jong-woo — Upright friend 

Joon-woo  — Divine intervention 

Jum — King or ruler 

K

Kang-dae — Mighty and strong

Kang-min — Jade river 

Kim  — Iron 

Korain — Luminous and glorious 

Kun-woo — To build a world

Kwan  — Strong 

Kwan-sun — Generally good 

Kwang — Wild 

Kwang-jo — Castle of light 

Kyubok — One who is blessed by God 

Kyung-soo — Bright and flowering 

L

Lee — Plum 

M

Mal-chin — Persists to the end

Man-shik  — Deeply rooted 

Man-young — Ten thousand years of prosperity 

Min  — Jade, heaven, or trickling water 

Min-ho  — Brightness and goodness 

Min-joon — Clever and talented 

Min-woo — Jade house 

Mishil — Beautiful kingdom 

Mireuk — Korean creator god 

Mok  — Spirit

Mun-hee — Liberate 

Munsin — Korean god of doors

Mu-yeol — Bravery and fierceness in battle 

Myung-dae — Great righteousness 

Myung-soo — Brillant shore 

Myung-yong — Bright dragon 

N

Nam-gil  — My way 

Nam-il — Southern sun 

Nam-jun — Southern prince 

Nam-kyu — South and standard 

O

Oh-seong — Five stars or planets 

R

Ryong — Dragon 

S

Sal-gu — Apricot 

Sang-chul —Helpful and wise

Sang-hoon —  Benevolent and rank 

Sang-ook — One who is always well and healthy 

Sang-woo —Working man

Seuk-Chin —  Unshakable rock

Seokga — Korean trickster god 

Seo-yun — Soft

Shik — Planting  

Shin — Belief 

Shi-woo  — Excellent universe 

Soo — Water

Sung-ki — Holy foundation 

Sung-min — Quick, sharp-natured, and clever 

Sung-yong — Becoming the dragon 

Syngman — First president of South Korea

T

Tae — One who is a great person 

Tae-ho  — Glorious goodness 

Tae-hui — Big 

Tae-il  — Great sun 

Tae-joon  — Extremely good looking, handsome 

Tae-soo  — Water

Tae-sung  — Great success  

Tae-wook  — Great rising sun 

Tae-woong  — Great hero

W

Wain — Wine 

Woo-jin — The family’s treasure 

Won-chul — Wise or sage 

Won-ho —  Lake

Won-shik — Head of the family 

Y

Yeomna - Korean god of death

Yeon — Like nature 

Ye-seung — Artistic 

Yo-han — dazzling writing brush, the Korean version of 'John'

Yoon  — Governor 

Yoo-jin —  Courage 

Yoo-joon — Tenderness 

Yong-rae  — Returning hero 

Yo-seop — Glorious harmony 

Yong-sun — Dragon in the first position 

Young-hoo — Deep teaching 

Young-jae — Mountains of prosperity 

Young-soo — Keeping the prosperity 

Yul  — Past the horizon 

Yun-seok — Strong governor 

Yung — Brave

Z

Zuko — Madness 

Female Korean Names

Beautiful woman with orange tabby cat sitting outside

Cute and sweet, these female cat names pay homage to Korean folk goddesses, the environment, and human nature.

A

Ae-cha — Loving daughter 

Aeng-du — Cherry 

Aera — Love, net for catching birds 

Ae-sook — Love and purity 

Ah-in — Humanness 

Ailiseu — Iris 

Ahnjong — Tranquility 

Ara — Be beautiful and good  

Ari — Lovely 

Areum — Beauty 

Aryong-Jong — Korean goddess of rainfall 

A-yeong — Refined

B

Baeg-Ilcho — Zinnia 

Bada — Ocean 

Balam — Wind

Binna — Shine

Bo-bae — Treasure 

Bok — Blessed

Bom — Springtime 

Bong-cha — The ultimate girl 

Bongseon — Impatiens flower

Bora  — Purple

Boram — Valuable 

Byeol — Star 

C

Chae-won  — The beginning 

Chan-mi — Praise 

Chi-ja — Gardenia 

Chin-sun — One who seeks truth and goodness in everything 

Cheuksin — Korean goddess of the toilet

Choon-hee — Born during the spring  

Cho-hee — Beautiful and joy

Chun-ai — Righteous love 

Chung-ha — Noble daughter  

Chung-cha — Chaste girl 

Chun-hee — Justice and grace 

Dalnim — Korean goddess of the moon

Dal-rae — Soothe 

Dan-bi  — Sweet rain 

Da-som — Love

Deiji— Daisy 

Doh— Accomplished 

Duri — Two

E

Eopsin — Korean goddess of storage 

Eui — Righteousness 

Eun — Silver  

Eun-ae — Grace with love 

Eun-jeong — Graceful mercy

Eun-joo — Little flower 

Eun-hye — Grace

Eun-kyung — A graceful gem 

Eun-mi — Grace and beautiful  

Eun-sun — Graceful and good 

G

Ga-eun — Kind and beautiful   

Gameunjang-agi  — Korean goddess of fate and luck

Ga-ram — River

Geumseong — Venus 

Geu-roo — Tree 

Goo — Someone to complete you 

Gyeong-hui — Beauty and honor 

Gyeong-ja — Celebrated child 

Gyeo-wool — Winter 

H

Hae — Ocean

Haebaragi — Sunflower 

Ha-eun — Summer

Hae-won — Graceful and beautiful garden 

Hana —  One 

Haru — Day 

Ha-yoon —  Sunlight

Halmang - Korean goddess of Jeju Island 

Hea — Graceful 

Heija — Glad

Hei-ran — Beautiful orchid  

Hiah —Glad 

Ho-sook — A clear lake  

Hyun-ok — Gem

Hwa-young — Beautiful flower 

Hye-jin — Beautiful and bright  

J

Jacheongbi — Korean earth goddess 

Jang-mi — Rose 

Jeong-ah — Pure grace 

Joo-eun  — Resembling a silver pearl 

Jin-joo  — Pearl

Ji-hye — Bright or wisdom 

Ji-won — Wisdom and first

Jowangshin — Korean goddess of fire and the hearth

K

Kamou  — Love 

Kaneisyeon  — Carnation  

Kkot-bi — Flower rain

Kiaraa — God’s precious gift

Kyong  — Brightness

Kyung-mi — Girl in the capital 

M

Magu — Korean goddess of immortality

Mee —Beauty 

Mi-cha — Beautiful daughter 

Mi-ok — Beautiful pearl 

Mi-young  — Eternal  

Ma-ri  — The Best 

Mi-gyeong — Beautiful view

Mindeulle — Dandelion flower 

Mi-suk — Charming  

Molan — Peony  

Moon  — Educated

Myung-hee — Cheerful joy

N

Nabi  — Butterfly 

Na-rae — Wing 

Nari — Lily 

P

Paenji — Pansy 

Pali Kongju —  Korean goddess of healing 

R

Raon — Joyful 

S

Samshin-halmang — Korean goddess of life and childbirth 

Sang-hee  — Benevolence and pleasure 

Sena — World's beauty 

Seonangsin — Korean goddess of war

So — Smile

So-hee   — white and luminous 

Soo-ah  — Beautiful shore 

Soo-gook — Hydrangea flower

Soon-bok — Gentle and blessed

Su-bin — Outstanding and refined 

Suk — Unmoving 

Suseonhwa — Daffodils 

T

Tyullib — Tulip 

W

Whan — Always growing 

U

Ungnyeo — Korean goddess of bears 

Yang-gwibi — Poppy flowers

Yeon — Little queen 

Yeona — One who has a heart of gold 

Yona — Dove 

Yondung Halmoni — Korean wind goddess 

Yong — Courage 

Young-mi — Morning dew 

Young-soon — Gentle

Yuhwa —Korean goddess of willow trees

Yun — Cloud

Yun-hee — Lotus flower

Yuri — Crystal

Yepa —  Winter princess

Yoora —  Enough silk  

Gender-Neutral Korean Names

Beautiful Asian women holding white and orange cat outside

Off-beat and ultramodern, these unisex Korean cat names are packed with happiness and positivity. 

A

Asan — South Korean city famous for its hot springs 

B

Bae — Inspiration

Bingsu — Shaved ice topped with fruit or sweets

Bibimbap — Mixed rice with meat and assorted veggies 

Boseong — green tea capital of South Korea

Bulgogi — means “fire meat” in English,  thinly shaved meat that's cooked like stir fry

Busan — South Korea's second-largest city

C

Chansol — Evergreen tree

Chin — Precious 

Cho  — Handsome or beautiful 

Choi — Overseer Of The Mountain

Chun — Spring 

D

Da — To attain 

Dae — The great one, shining 

Daejeon — the research and development capital of South Korea

Daegu — South Korea's "Fashion Capital"

Dasik — A small grain-based cookie that's eaten with tea

Dubu — Bean curd 

Duri — Two

Dong — East 

G

Galbi — Korean barbecued short ribs 

Gi — Brave

Gimbap — Korean seaweed rice roll filled with meat, fish, and veggies 

Geomeun — Black 

Gimpo — producer of South Korea’s finest rice 

Gyeong — Honor, respect 

H

Ha-neul — Sky, heaven 

Ha-yun — Summer sunlight

Hee — Brightness 

Hotteok — Korean sweet pancakes 

Hye — Knowledgeable 

Hyo — Dutiful 

Hyun — Dark and mysterious 

I

Iseul — Dew

J

Jae — Respect 

Jae-hwa —  Rich and prosperous

Jee — Wisdom; pond 

Jeju-Do — A volcanic island in South Korea 

Jeong — Quiet and gentle 

Ji-hu — Full wisdom 

Jin  — Gold 

Jinju — One of South Korea’s oldest cities

Jinhae — naval town that has the biggest cherry blossom festival in South Korea

Ji-woo — Purpose and universe

Jjjajangmyeon — Noodles in black bean sauce 

Joon — Exceptionally gifted 

Joo-won — Original 

K

Ki  — The one who has arisen  

Kimchi — a South Korean side dish made from fermented vegetables

Kong-ee — Bean

Makgeolli — South Korea's oldest traditional Korean rice wine

Min — Clever 

Melona — Popular brand of fruit-flavored popsicles

N

Noran — Yellow 

Nun — Snow 

P

Podo — Grape 

R

Ra-myun — Spicy instant noodles 

S

Sagwa — Apple

Seoul — the capital of South Korea 

Seo-jin — Lucky 

Shin — Faith 

Soju — Korean vodka 

Sook — Pure

Son — Gentle 

Sang  — Helpful 

Seong — Successful 

Sun — Goodness 

Sung — Successor 

T

Tteokbokki — Spicy rice cakes

U

Udo — means 'Cow Island' in English, one of South Korea’s most popular tourist destinations

Un — Grace

W

Wook  — Dawn 

Won — First 

Woong — Grand and magnificent 

Y

Yon —  Blossom

Young — Forever  

Yu-jin  — Abundant 

K-Drama Inspired Cat Names

From swoon-worthy romantic comedies to heartbreaking makjangs, these 20 Korean drama actors and actresses have conquered the silver screen.

via GIPHY

1.  Bae Suzy (수지)
2. Gong Yoo (공유)
3. Ha Ji-won (하지원)
4. IU (아이유)
5. Ji Sung (지성)
6. Lee Dong-Wook (이동욱)
7. Lee Seung-gi (이승기)
8. Lee Jong-suk (이종석)
9. Lee Joon-gi (이준기)
10. Lee Min-ho (이민호)
11. Nam Joo-hyuk (남주혁)
12. Song Hye-kyo (송혜교)
13. Park Bo-gum (박보검)
14. Park Min-young (박민영)
15. Park Shin-hye (박신혜)
16. Park Seo-joon (박서준)
17. Seo In-guk (서인국)
18. So Ji-sub (소지섭)
19. Song Joong-ki (송중기)
20. Son Ye-jin (손예진)

Korean Alphabet 

The Korean alphabet or Hangul 한글 is used in both North and South Korea. It was created by Sejong the Great in 1443 during the Joseon Dynasty. Korean Hangul has 24 letters: 10 vowels and 14 consonants.

Download Munchiecat's free Korean Alphabet guide.

Click here to find your kitty's name in Korean Hangul. With extra effort, you'll be able to pronounce and write your feline's name in Korean. 


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